Will your religious views of non-Christians affect your governance of them? From a theological perspective, are you enjoined to actively proselytize to non-Christians, to prevent their communities from achieving equal footing?
The issue is trust. If this November we don't elect a President and Vice President whom we trust to actually tell us the truth and put the welfare of the whole country before crass political manipulation, I think we're toast.
Posted by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, on October 5, 2008 9:27 AM
If, however, in answering policy questions their answers seem to conflict with what have been their announced religious views, then that's fair game for questions -- as would be the case any time they took positions inconsistent with other positions.
Posted by Charles "Chuck" Colson, on October 5, 2008 8:13 AM
I see no evidence that President Bush, our most overtly religious president, had an administration free of corruption, greed and even torture, so I do not think the religion of the candidate counts for much, except in negative directions. I fear zealots of any stripe.
Posted by John Shelby Spong, on October 2, 2008 4:08 PM
My questions for both Senator Biden and Governor Palin focus on how they balance religious traditions that would dictate every area of life, which each of their faiths would, and their obligation to respect people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.
Posted by Brad Hirschfield, on October 2, 2008 3:07 PM
Should you be elected, will you defend my Constitutional right to freedom of religion? Will you defend the rights of all Americans to worship as we please, whether we worship Jesus or Diana, Allah or the Virgin Mary, the Lord God as King or the Queen of Heaven?
Because Biden has a long record of votes on issues germane to the separation of church and state, I am more interested in Palin's answers. I'd like to find out whether she knows anything, other than what she has been told in extremist churches, about the secular side of American history.
Posted by Susan Jacoby, on October 1, 2008 8:07 AM